Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp
ABC - Premiered 9-12-70
Watch a clip from the show here.
"To Wang Fu, thanks for everything, Lancelot."
Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp was a
parody of spy movies and TV shows starring chimpanzees. Imagine Our Man Flint On the Planet of the Apes
(which, now that I think about it, sounds like boffo box-office...). Lancelot Link was the top agent of A.P.E.
(the Agency to Prevent Evil), a secret
quasi-military espionage organization whose job was to protect the simian race. Their main adversaries were C.H.U.M.P. (Criminal
Headquarters for Underworld Master Plan), which of course sought world domination. Lancelot was aided by the beguiling and seductive
Marta Hairi, and took his orders from Commander Darwin. Baron Von Butcher led the bad guys, which also included such apes-gone-bad as
Wang Fu (inscrutable Oriental), the Duchess (wicked seductress), Ali Assa Seen (pre-oil embargo Arab villain), and the mad scientist
Doctor Strangemind. When not fighting international terrorism, the good-guy apes kicked back - like so many Saturday-morning characters
of their time - by performing in their own far-out psychedelic rock band, the Evolution Revolution. An album of their songs was
released (fortunately or unfortunately, the music on it was played by human musicians).
The series has recently been released on DVD. Collectibles from the time can still be found on eBay and in flea markets and garage
sales around the country. You can view a gallery of Lancelot Link comic book covers by going here.
Dayton Allen - Lancelot and others
Joan Gerber - Marta Hairi and others
Steve Hoffman - various
Bernie Kopell - various
Malachi Throne - the narrator and other voices